Published On: Fri, Oct 20th, 2017

Jewish Natalie Portman crowned as one of the most influential and successful migrants of all time

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  • Natalie Portman features alongside Joseph Pulitzer and Harry Houdini in the inaugural list celebrating the achievements of first and second generation migrants.


  • Portman’s open letter to Harvard University demanding it divest its endowment from coal, gas and oil companies contributed to her inclusion.


  • Other winners include illusionist Harry Houdini and newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer both of which shared Jewish beliefs.

Black Swan star Natalie Portman has been listed within the top 25 most influential and successful migrants of all time, according to research conducted by easyEsta.

Portman made the prestigious list for her lifetime achievements for the awards that she won due to her acting as well as her charitable work including her position as an Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International, an organisation that helps finance women-owned businesses in developing countries.

With migration and its perceived effects forever at the forefront of political discussion, easyEsta wanted to show the immense impact first and second generation migrants can make to their new homes and Portman was a standout candidate.

A spokesperson from easyESTA said:

“Culture is incredibly important to us at easyESTA, we commissioned this study to better understand the significance of migration and how migration has positively impacted on different industries.

“The research surprised us with how diverse people really are. We gained insight into the migrants’ physical and metaphorical journeys. By understanding the cultures that have influenced the migrants’ lives, a new meaning has been added to their legacies.”

Israeli-American actress Portman is featured alongside the likes of Madeleine Albright, Sadiq Khan, Evgeny Lebedev, Chris Froome and Anthony Joshua – all of whom have made an enormous contribution to the country either they or their parents migrated to.

As a Jewish Israeli-American herself, Portman has previously stated her wish to raise her children as Jewish and named her first child Aleph, a name with Hebrew origins.

The announcement of the winners comes at a time where politicians such as Tony Blair are calling for tougher immigration controls and President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has declared the end of DACA.

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